The Tigers played their 100th game of the season in a loss to the Minnesota Twins. That loss snapped an eleven game winning streak over the Twinkies after really solid starts by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer extended the streak. Brad Penny wasn’t horrible, but the Tigers ran into a fresh Scott Baker and while he was on a pitch count, he shut the Tigers down in the five innings he pitched. In all, Penny lasted seven innings and he gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The loss drops him to 7-7 on the season.
The big news this week was the Tigers designating Brandon Inge and trading for Wilson Betemit. What was nice was seeing Inge take his minor league assignment. To call this season a struggle would be an understatement and something needed to happen. Betemit is a solid fill in for now, but since joining the Tigers he’s gone just two for twelve so we’ll see how this one pans out.
The Tigers are 4-4 since the break and they still sit in first place, a game ahead of the Indians (although they’re tied in the loss column). This afternoon it’s Rick Porcello against Francisco Liriano with the White Sox on deck this Monday.